The Center for Mindful Eating

United States

The Intersection of Abuse and Disordered Eating

As much as we'd like to leave our history of childhood abuse behind, its legacy continues in the “welcome back" wink of the fridge light as the door is eased open in an after-hours house. It's there when we pull into the fast food drive-through lane, sitting strapped in and trapped, waiting to be caught with our hand in the cookie jar. It's there in the secret hiding spots that hold seductive comfort and sweet forbidden relief. Understanding the ways in which abuse and trauma impact a survivor's relationship with eating and food can help us see that resistance to change is often fear.
Participants will be able to:
· Articulate how fear can manifest as resistance
· State two ways in which childhood trauma leads to disordered eating
· Learn a simple meditation to interrupt habituated craving

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW, is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples and groups incorporating the intention and skills of mindfulness as a foundation from which to explore one's life. She specializes in working with stress-related physical and emotional issues, with women who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma, and those who suffer with depression, anxiety and disordered eating.

Char is certified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher by the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA. She teaches MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindful Eating/Conscious Living (MECL) for the general public.

She leads professional trainings in MECL, MBSR, an Adv. training for MBCT and MBSR teachers. Char maintains a longstanding personal meditation practice and is currently studying Qigong and Taijiquan. She provides one-on-one consultation for professionals who wish to incorporate mindfulness into their work. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Center for Mindful Eating and is the owner/director of the Center for Mindful Living, LLC and A Mindful Path, LLC in Connecticut. She can be contacted through her

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